Non-Vegan Skin Care Ingredients to Watch Out For
It’s not always easy to know where your ingredients come from. With a little sleuthing on your part (read the ingredient labels carefully and ask questions when in doubt), you'll be in the know in no time at all.
Here is a list of some of the more common ingredients to watch out for if you are looking for a vegan product.
Common ingredients in cosmetics and skincare that are almost always* derived from an animal source or animal by-product:
Carmine ( cochineal, natural red 4, E120, C.I. 75470, carminic acid, crimson lake)
Hydrolyzed Animal Protein
Lanolin (Laneth, Lanogene)
Pearl (Pearl Powder, Hydrolyzed Pearl)
RNA (Ribonucleic Acid)
Silk (Silk Powder, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein)
Spermaceti (Cetyl Palmitate, Sperm Oil)
Common ingredients in cosmetics and skincare that can have an animal, plant or synthetic origin**:
Caprylic Acid (Caprylic Triglyceride, Caprylamine Oxide, Capryl Betaine)
Lecithin (Choline Bitartrate)
Stearic Acid (Stearamide, Stearamine, Stearates, Stearic Hydrazide, Stearone, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Stearoyl Lactylic Acid, Stearyl Betaine, Stearyl Imidazoline)
* I just wanted to note that technology is constantly evolving and more and more natural (vegan and non-vegan) ingredients are being synthesized in a lab. We are also finding new sources/methods for many ingredients so this list may change as new ingredient supplies come to market.
** These ingredients can come from various sources, making it harder to tell if they are vegan or not. Look for words like "vegetable" or "plant-derived" along with these ingredients. If still unclear, don't be afraid to reach out to the brand and ask.